1. A collection of sheets of paper, or similar material, blank, written, or printed, bound together; commonly, many folded and bound sheets containing continuous printing or writing.
Note: ☞ When blank, it is called a blank book. When printed, the term often distinguishes a bound volume, or a volume of some size, from a pamphlet.
Note: ☞ It has been held that, under the copyright law, a book is not necessarily a volume made of many sheets bound together; it may be printed on a single sheet, as music or a diagram of patterns.
2. A composition, written or printed; a treatise.
A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. --Milton.
3. A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work; as, the tenth book of “Paradise Lost.”
4. A volume or collection of sheets in which accounts are kept; a register of debts and credits, receipts and expenditures, etc.; -- often used in the plural; as, they got a subpoena to examine our books.
Syn: -- ledger, leger, account book, book of account.
5. Six tricks taken by one side, in the game of bridge or whist, being the minimum number of tricks that must be taken before any additional tricks are counted as part of the score for that hand; in certain other games, two or more corresponding cards, forming a set.
Note: ☞ Book is used adjectively or as a part of many compounds; as, book buyer, bookrack, book club, book lore, book sale, book trade, memorandum book, cashbook.
Book account, an account or register of debt or credit in a book.
Book debt, a debt for items charged to the debtor by the creditor in his book of accounts.
Book learning, learning acquired from books, as distinguished from practical knowledge. “Neither does it so much require book learning and scholarship, as good natural sense, to distinguish true and false.” --Burnet.
Book louse Zool., one of several species of minute, wingless insects injurious to books and papers. They belong to the Pseudoneuroptera.
Book moth Zool., the name of several species of moths, the larvæ of which eat books.
Book oath, an oath made on The Book, or Bible.
The Book of Books, the Bible.
Book post, a system under which books, bulky manuscripts, etc., may be transmitted by mail.
Book scorpion Zool., one of the false scorpions (Chelifer cancroides) found among books and papers. It can run sidewise and backward, and feeds on small insects.
Book stall, a stand or stall, often in the open air, for retailing books.
Canonical books. See Canonical.
In one's books, in one's favor. “I was so much in his books, that at his decease he left me his lamp.” --Addison.
To bring to book. (a) To compel to give an account. (b) To compare with an admitted authority. “To bring it manifestly to book is impossible.” --M. Arnold.
by the book, according to standard procedures; using the correct or usual methods.
cook the books, make fallacious entries in or otherwise manipulate a financial record book for fraudulent purposes.
To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell.
To make book Horse Racing, to conduct a business of accepting or placing bets from others on horse races.
To make a book Horse Racing, to lay bets (recorded in a pocket book) against the success of every horse, so that the bookmaker wins on all the unsuccessful horses and loses only on the winning horse or horses.
off the books, not recorded in the official financial records of a business; -- usually used of payments made in cash to fraudulently avoid payment of taxes or of employment benefits.
one for the book, one for the books, something extraordinary, such as a record-breaking performance or a remarkable accomplishment.
To speak by the book, to speak with minute exactness.
to throw the book at, to impose the maximum fine or penalty for an offense; -- usually used of judges imposing penalties for criminal acts.
Without book. (a) By memory. (b) Without authority.
to write the book, to be the leading authority in a field; -- usually used in the past tense; as, he's not just an average expert, he wrote the book.
Book, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Booked p. pr. & vb. n. Booking.]
1. To enter, write, or register in a book or list.
Let it be booked with the rest of this day's deeds. --Shak.
2. To enter the name of (any one) in a book for the purpose of securing a passage, conveyance, or seat; to reserve2; also, to make an arrangement for a reservation; as, to be booked for Southampton; to book a seat in a theater; to book a reservation at a restaurant.
3. To mark out for; to destine or assign for; as, he is booked for the valedictory. [Colloq.]
Here I am booked for three days more in Paris. --Charles Reade.
n 1: a written work or composition that has been published
(printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good
book on economics"
2: physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound
together; "he used a large book as a doorstop" [syn: volume]
3: a record in which commercial accounts are recorded; "they
got a subpoena to examine our books" [syn: ledger, leger,
account book, book of account]
4: a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on
one edge; "he bought a book of stamps"
5: a compilation of the known facts regarding something or
someone; "Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the
record'"; "his name is in all the recordbooks" [syn: record,
6: a major division of a long written composition; "the book of
7: a written version of a play or other dramatic composition;
used in preparing for a performance [syn: script, playscript]
8: a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis
of which decisions are made; "they run things by the book
around here" [syn: rule book]
9: the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet
Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina [syn: Koran,
10: the sacred writings of the Christian religions; "he went to
carry the Word to the heathen" [syn: Bible, Christian
Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture,
Word of God, Word]
v 1: record a charge in a police register; "The policeman booked
her when she tried to solicit a man"
2: arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in
advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent
booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please
hold a table at Maxim's" [syn: reserve, hold]
3: engage for a performance; "Her agent had booked her for
several concerts in Tokyo"
4: register in a hotel booker
This word has a comprehensive meaning in Scripture. In the Old
Testament it is the rendering of the Hebrew word _sepher_, which
properly means a "writing," and then a "volume" (Ex. 17:14;
Deut. 28:58; 29:20; Job 19:23) or "roll of a book" (Jer. 36:2,
Books were originally written on skins, on linen or cotton
cloth, and on Egyptian papyrus, whence our word "paper." The
leaves of the book were generally written in columns, designated
by a Hebrew word properly meaning "doors" and "valves" (Jer.
36:23, R.V., marg. "columns").
Among the Hebrews books were generally rolled up like our
maps, or if very long they were rolled from both ends, forming
two rolls (Luke 4:17-20). Thus they were arranged when the
writing was on flexible materials; but if the writing was on
tablets of wood or brass or lead, then the several tablets were
bound together by rings through which a rod was passed.
A sealed book is one whose contents are secret (Isa. 29:11;
Rev. 5:1-3). To "eat" a book (Jer. 15:16; Ezek. 2:8-10; 3:1-3;
Rev. 10:9) is to study its contents carefully.
The book of judgment (Dan. 7:10) refers to the method of human
courts of justice as illustrating the proceedings which will
take place at the day of God's final judgment.
The book of the wars of the Lord (Num. 21:14), the book of
Jasher (Josh. 10:13), and the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Judah and Israel (2 Chr. 25:26), were probably ancient
documents known to the Hebrews, but not forming a part of the
The book of life (Ps. 69:28) suggests the idea that as the
redeemed form a community or citizenship (Phil. 3:20; 4:3), a
catalogue of the citizens' names is preserved (Luke 10:20; Rev.
20:15). Their names are registered in heaven (Luke 10:20; Rev.
The book of the covenant (Ex. 24:7), containing Ex.
20:22-23:33, is the first book actually mentioned as a part of
the written word. It contains a series of laws, civil, social,
and religious, given to Moses at Sinai immediately after the
delivery of the decalogue. These were written in this "book."